The Cutting Room
by Shane Jiraiya Cummings
Read by Damaris Mannering
Hic locus est ubi mors gaudet succurrere vitae.
The plaque gleamed, caught on the cusp of shadows and fluorescent light. Burnished copper letters. Stark Roman font.
“This is the place where death delights to help the living.” Parrish’s recital of the phrase was now ritual as he donned the second pair of latex gloves. They snapped into place with a satisfying echo that hung in the air. Smells of rubber and disinfectants clung to the place, thinly masking the stench of decay.
The plaque had been there for as long as he could remember, even before the tenure of crazy old Doc Kaufmann, who once famously ate a cadaver’s eyeball, and perversely, taught him everything he knew about forensic pathology.
“Doctor Parrish?” The diener said, throwing his concentration into turmoil.
“What is it, err… Greg, wasn’t it?”
“Gary. The body’s been prepped.”
About the Author
Shane Jiraiya Cummings has been acknowledged as “one of Australia’s leading voices in dark fantasy”. Shane is the author of Shards, The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After, the Apocrypha Sequence (Deviance, Divinity, Insanity, and Inferno), and the Ravenous Gods cycle (Requiem for the Burning Godand Dreams of Destruction).
He is the editor of the Amazon bestselling anthology Rage Against the Night,award-winning non-fiction publications HorrorScope and Black: Australian Dark Culture, as well as Shadowed Realms (creative director), Shadow Box, Black Box, Australian Dark Fantasy & Horror Volume One, Dead of Night: The Best of Midnight Echo, Midnight Echo #2, and Robots & Time. Shane is the current Executive Editor of Midnight Echo.